from Learn Liberty
lass=”” >Trump, Clinton, and Bernie all agree — America’s criminal justice system is broken.
Mandatory minimum sentences and harsh drug laws are driving a massive increase in the prison populations.
Since the 1980s, the number of federal prisoners has jumped 850%, and the chance of being sent to prison for a drug crime rose by 350%. And these effects fall disproportionately on poor and minority communities.
All the 2016 candidates have had something to say about this slow-motion disaster, and Prof. Don Boudreaux helps you make sense of the big issues behind the talking points.
What do you think: Can we solve the problem by decriminalizing drugs like marijuana? Or do we need a bigger police presence and stronger tough-on-crime sentencing laws?
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US Prison Population: The Largest in the World (video) The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—more people than even China or Russia. Wait, really? If you’re as surprised as we were, watch this video to see the numbers. https://youtu.be/lUt_fIB6A_Y
Racial Inequality in the Criminal Justice System (video) Why are minorities so grossly overrepresented in U.S. prisons? Prof. Daniel D’Amico argues the root of this problem may lie with the criminal justice system itself, and economics can help us better understand what is happening. https://youtu.be/Hfie5bHG1OA
3 Things You NEED To Know About Mandatory Prison Sentencing (video) Prof.Boudreaux mentioned the impact mandatory minimum laws on prison populations, watch this video to learn more about these laws and the effects they’ve had. https://youtu.be/Rw1AvC3gQZE
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